If you’re currently expecting your first child, I’d like to first offer my warmest congratulations! You’re about to embark on the greatest adventure of your life, one filled with more love and joy than you ever thought possible. You will be forever changed by the tiny human you will soon hold in your arms.
I recently gave birth to the cutest little guy and quickly realized babies need lots of stuff. Over the past few months, I have amassed quite a collection of all sorts of baby-related gadgets and gizmos. Today I’d like to share what I consider the most important essentials for surviving thriving with a newborn. You’ll definitely want to include these items on your baby registry!
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Essentials for Thriving with a Newborn
You’ve probably been planning your baby’s nursery as long as you’ve been pregnant. But if you’re like me, you’ll want your newborn close by at night so there’s a good chance they won’t sleep in their crib the first few weeks (or months!) of their life. My son slept in a play yard with a bassinet attachment. The Halo DreamNest is similar to what we had with an added bonus- a rocking bassinet which is perfect for those nights you want to soothe baby back to sleep without picking them up. (We now use the play yard anytime we travel so it’s a definite must on your registry!)
For the first couple months of life, babies spend most of their time eating and sleeping. However, you’ll need a landing spot for the few moments your sweetie is awake and ready to play. I’ve recently decided that my two favorites are a glider and play mat. The mamaRoo Infant Seat features 5 rocking and swaying motions along with vibrations and sounds to keep your baby content. You can even control the motions and sounds with a smart device!
Your little one will also be entertained with the Fisher Price Kick & Play Piano Gym play mat. Great for play time or tummy time, this adorable toy features bright colors and cheerful songs for lots of musical fun!
Handmade, cotton, fleece and muslin…I have received countless blankets over the past year. (People seem to think they’re a great gift!) Of all the ones I’ve been given, my absolute favorites are the aden + anais Muslin Swaddles. These large, lightweight blankets are available in many patterns and colors and work beautifully as a blanket or swaddle, as well as a car seat or nursing cover.
If you’re planning to swaddle your newborn, I highly recommend the Sleepea swaddles. I never quite got the swaddle technique down and my little Houdini always broke out which would cause him to wake up. Enter the easy-to-use Sleepea swaddles! They have a zipper closure, ensuring your little one stays snug-as-a-bug and sleeping soundly.
This space-saving baby bathtub is amazing because it can be folded up, hung up, and used for babies up to 18 months old. My favorite feature is the built in support post that allows babies to stay cradled in place.
Structured baby wraps are stylish and easy-to-use! This soft, wrap-style carrier by Baby K’Tan is lightweight and perfect for cuddling with your newborn. As my baby got bigger and heavier, I grew to love my Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier which evenly distributes his weight between my hips and shoulders, allowing me to effortlessly carry him.
The single most important piece of baby gear that you’ll need to select is a car seat. After all, they won’t allow you to leave the hospital unless you have one properly installed in your car! I’ve loved our Uppa Baby Mesa. It’s a cinch to put in or take out of the car and it’s held up well after multiple washes (you can remove every piece of fabric and throw it in the washing machine). You’ll also want to register for a convertible car seat to use once your baby has outgrown the infant seat. I suggest choosing a car seat that will last the rest of your child’s car seat days, such as the Graco 4Ever Convertible Carseat which can be used as a 5-point harness seat, high back booster or backless booster and goes up to 120 lbs.
I am in love with my UPPAbaby Vista stroller because it has so many great features. It fits with the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat to use during your baby’s first few months of life. If they fall asleep in the car, you can easily leave them in their car seat and simply move it to the stroller. It also comes with the bassinet and can accommodate up to 3 children.
In addition to a full-size stroller, I would also select a lightweight, convenience stroller. The Summer Infant 3D Lite can be used once baby can sit up on their own and is perfect for quick trips to the mall or park.
You’ll definitely need to register for a diaper bag! The one you select is a matter of personal preference, but I recommend choosing one with lots of pockets and compartments such as the Freshly Picked Faux-Leather Diaper Bag. This stylish diaper bag can be worn three ways: as a backpack, crossbody, or purse. It has 10 compartments and is wipeable on the inside and outside (super important!).
I would also suggest registering for the Skip Hop Light Up Diaper Caddy to keep you organized at home. This handy dandy little caddy has a spot for diapers and wipes, as well as a space that is perfect for storing rash creams, pacifiers, nail clippers, gas drops and more so that you’ll be prepared for all messy situations! Best of all, it lights up for when you need it in the middle of the night!
Baby Gift Registry Checklist
With so many different infant “essentials”, I feel that these items are what I truly needed and used in those first couple months. Infants are only tiny for a short season of life, and sometimes “less is best” considering everything will have to be stored away for any future babes that come your way! For a full list of everything else you need to include on your registry, don’t forget to check out buybuyBaby’s Registry Checklist! Or print our user-friendly checklist at RegistryFinder.com to take along with you when you head out to create your baby registry.